Student

Kelly Gola

Lab Specialist

Kelly joined Dr. Rankin’s lab in 2014. She is completing her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at UC Santa Cruz where she has studied dyadic personality dynamics and the cognitive, socio-emotional, and neural underpinnings of everyday storytelling. While working with Dr. Rankin, she has examined intrinsic connectivity networks involvement in social cognition, emotional self-expression in neurodegenerative disease, and neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative disease. Her current work aims to understand cerebellar involvement in social functioning and neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative disease populations.

Austin Nguy

Lab Assistant

Austin is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley (class of 2016) where he is double majoring in molecular and cellular biology (biochemistry emphasis) and music (piano performance emphasis). In the Grinberg Lab he is responsible for image processing of stained brain tissue to include the photography and optimization of these images. He is also working to create and develop 3D reconstructions of brains sections in an effort to contribute to a holistic understanding of the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He intends to pursue a medical career as a geriatrician or pediatrician.

Alexander Ehrenberg

Lab Assistant

Alex graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in integrative biology (evolution, ecology, and organismal biology division) and molecular and cellular biology (developmental genetics division). He started at UCSF in Spring 2012 working under Dr. Pierre-Antoine Gourraud in the Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Research Lab. There, he developed skills in computational biology, informatics, and statistics.

In Fall 2013, he moved to the Grinberg Lab at the Memory and Aging Center where he now studies the early pathology of AD using techniques within unbiased stereology, neuropathology, computer modeling, and statistics. He also works to develop technologies such as wide-field microscopy and polarized light imaging. Additionally, Alex has taught and currently conducts zoological research under Dr. Alan Shabel at UC Berkeley where he studies dexterity, ethology, and nervous system evolution in the taxa Carnivora, with a particular focus on otters. He plans on pursuing a career in academic medicine researching brain evolution, neuroethology, development, and pathology as well as working with patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.

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